Category Archives: Strategic Planning

Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Advertising

Try reverse messaging – as important as it is to tell what you or your product does, think about what you or your product doesn’t do to as an advantage for customers.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Your competitors don’t have all the answers. In fact, they can be stupidly off base. So don’t just follow along, assuming they have the magic solution. Think about your correct message, even though it’s not what they’re saying.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

When was the last time you read your mission statement? Exactly! Don’t waste time writing or refining it. Instead, spend time crafting your elevator pitch for all to use so customers & employees easily understand what you do.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Social Media

If you’re pursuing a global B2B strategy, the best marketing value is in a strong social media campaign that utilizes relevant hashtags and keywords so that followers of those get notified of your posts too.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Urgency is the key to success in marketing.  Whether your company sells business-to-consumer or business-to-business, make your prospect believe that he must act now or lose out.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Soon will start the dreaded “call me after the holidays” period, often a  dead zone for sales people. With a consistent social media program, you can continue to keep in front of them to keep your name top of mind.

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Leo’s Daily Advertising Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Don’t forget existing customers in your marketing plan. Create a targeted campaign for them that reminds them of your company and other services/solutions, in addition to the one they’re buying, that your company provides. Keep in front of them consistently.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Brand Strategy

Here’s a secret…most brand experts have no idea what a brand is. They think it’s like a cattle brand, having to do with color, typeface, graphic style and look.  Sorry, but a brand is your promise about a product, service or solution that you deliver consistently. Anybody can have a color. Only your company has its unique promise.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

 Take another look at your message.  Is it about what you sell?  Or is it about how your products or services solve a problem for the reader?  Which message do you think will be more meaningful?

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Do you have a customer retention marketing strategy? Losing customers is bad for business and morale and is very expensive. Develop a marketing retention strategy to connect frequently continuing to remind customers why your company is valuable for them.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Social Media

One idea to grow your LinkedIn company page followers is to link to your company page in all marketing communications, email signatures, blogs and even other social media sites.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

What is the single best advantage you have relative to your top competitor? Is it meaningful to potential customers. Find the advantage that is and make it the anchor to your message.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

It may sound obvious but strategy is key to successful marketing. There are a lot of shiny objects aka media opportunities out there. The decision to proceed with them should relate to how they can enhance the strategy.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

The psychological theory of reciprocity suggests a powerful urge to reciprocate when someone receives something. Online, provide content or a white paper, for example, and help people become grateful and more likely to give you something…an order.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Low tech idea – the power of the handwritten thank you note. Nothing enhances your personal brand and top of mind awareness like the handwritten note. Virtually no one does it which is why it stands out and makes you stand out.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Branding

#startups may want to be trendy and clever in their advertising when their industry calls for solid and secure.  Or vice versa.  Take care not to let your ad message confuse your brand image in the minds of your market.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Don’t isolate your sales team from the advertising process.  Have them understand the campaign and the media strategy so they can coordinate  their efforts and leverage the exposure and calls to action.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

There are often advantages in being new. However in many industries  (banking, investments, insurance, etc.) customers want to feel that your new company is “established”. Be careful not to sacrifice new and trendy for first creating a brand that can be trusted.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – On Strategic Planning

A valuable way to find out what your market is thinking about is to view online conversations in groups and industry or product chat sites. Tap into those buzzwords and themes and your message will be current.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today On Strategic Planning

Is your view too macro? Many companies, professional services or retail, are so focused on wide outreach and forget about the prospect/customer potential located just 5-10 miles close to them.

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